Law firm offering clients a fresh start makes stale promises, watchdog rules

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The chance to expunge a criminal record was introduced in 2009 by the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act, since when Fresh Start says it has helped almost 8,000 clients,

“The law says that those convicted of a minor offence, determined by the type of sentence imposed, 10 or more years ago, qualify for the expungement of criminal records. The sentence must have been a suspended jail term, correctional supervision or a fine,” says the Fresh Start website.

“If the expungement application is granted you will no longer be considered convicted of the crime, and your criminal record will be permanently removed off the national criminal register.

“Subsequently, once the conviction is expunged by the Department of Justice you can truthfully tell employers, your family, and all other interested parties that you have not previously been convicted of a crime. Furthermore, the expunged conviction will no longer show on employer background checks.”





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